Republican establishment leaders now falling in behind Donald Trump hope he will somehow become more "presidential" as their party's nominee and, if elected, as the Oval Office occupant.
That dream accounts for the likes of such conservatives as Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Marco Rubio and even John McCain, who are holding to their early vow to support the eventual nominee at the GOP convention next month in Cleveland.
But Trump characteristically threw cold water on the notion of a new, more presidential Donald in his whining and mean-spirited New York news conference Tuesday. He defended his promised charitable contributions to veterans' groups while intensifying his indictment of reporters questioning him on the scope and timing of them.
Having repeatedly declared earlier that he had given $6 million, Trump was pressed on where and when the money went, and why he was saying now his donations amounted to (only) $5.6 million. He complained that reporters "make me look very bad," adding, "I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job."